Emily Thornberry grilled by ITV's Peston as she 'dodges' questions on Labour anti-Semitism

The shadow Foreign Secretary was pushing forward Labour’s new plans to legislate against Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). But host Robert Peston immediately picked up on why the Labour Party were making such a move as NDAs are enforced on colleagues who want to speak publicly about anti-Semitism. He went on to accuse Ms Thornberry of “dodging” his questions.

Ms Thornberry said: “I think what we would do is we want to legislate against these sorts of agreements that stop people from giving evidence or coming out about harassment, anti-Semitism, racism, sexism.

“These sorts of things where you’re certain you should not.”

Mr Peston said: “You’re a straight talker, Emily.

“You’re slightly dodging this question.

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“Are you saying your colleagues are wrong to be enforcing NDAs in the case of colleagues who want to talk publicly about anti-Semitism?”

Ms Thornberry said: “I don’t quite understand.

“I don’t know all the ins and outs of it.

“I have not seen the program, I don’t know all the details.

“I’m helping you as best I can.”

Her comments come as eight former Labour officials spoke on a BBC Panorama documentary called “Is Labour anti-Semitic” despite four of them having previously signed NDAs on the subject matter.

A Labour spokesman said: “We completely reject any claim that the Labour Party is anti-Semitic. Labour is taking decisive action against anti-Semitism, doubling the number of staff dedicated to dealing with complaints and cases.

“It appears these disaffected former officials include those who have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, worked to actively undermine it, and have both personal and political axes to grind.

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“This throws into doubt their credibility as sources.”

Posting on his website, the Labour leader also stated: “Labour is an anti-racist party to its core and has a long and proud history of standing against racism, including anti-Semitism.

“I have campaigned against racism all my life and the Jewish community has been at the heart of the Labour party and progressive politics in Britain for more than a hundred years.

“There is no place for anti-semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party, or anywhere in society, and we will make sure that our party is a welcoming home to members of all communities.”



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